Lake Wapello State Park, located in Iowa and open year-round, is set on 1,150 beautiful acres of wooded hillsides. An altogether peaceful and tranquil spot, you’d think this is a completely hidden gem waiting just for you in southern Iowa.
The park, named after a Native American chief, offers a variety of activities beyond just the camping, including canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The lake has a seven-mile hiking trail, cross-country skiing is available in the winter, and beach bums can take advantage of one of the best beaches in the state. The no-wake lake rule makes for easy swimming and relaxed boating, whether you’re cruising around the water or fishing for bluegill, sunfish, or catfish. Concessions are also open Memorial Day through Labor Day on the weekends, renting out water sports equipment and selling beach toys, camping items, and snacks.
The campground itself has both electric and primitive sites, modern showers and restrooms, and a lakeside location. In addition to the camping for RVs and tents, family cabins are available through the summer and early fall. There are 14 cabins to choose from and they can fit four people, offering one bathroom, air conditioning, and an outfitted kitchen. A favorite of local and regional campers, they can’t boast enough about the lack of crowds and the modern facilities.
Pets are permitted at this campground and dogs should be kept on a leash of six feet or less at all times or confined in some sort of kennel. Your dog should never be “running at large.” You should also never leave your dog unattended at your campground, whether in a tent or an RV. Not only can this be dangerous for your pet, they can also become easily stressed and harm themselves and your belongings and become a nuisance to the rest of the campground.
Dogs are allowed in designated cabins and yurts here, though be sure you’re booking one that’s pet-friendly if this is your intention. Some are strictly pet-free. A limit of two dogs is allowed at each pet-friendly cabin or yurt.